Jonas Bel y Rafael Trapiello

Jonas Bel – Madrid, 1978 Rafael Trapiello – Madrid, 1980 Tired of the current economic and social situation being measured and told using parameters such as external debt, risk premium and other macroeconomic indicators, we decided to portray different people to create a story made of images and words to narrate 2013. This project came up from the need to record the image of current society for two main reasons: to understand and not to forget. The proposed record does not have a scientific structure, it does not want to establish kinds or types, it does not attempt to discover universal truths. It is just an approximation, a draft, but maybe it could be useful to better understand a period so complex as ours.

PORTRAIT Nº2 2 / I / 2013


Age: 37 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Baker Current job: Baker

“More jobs for all because that would have a positive impact on my bakery.”

PORTRAIT Nº 40 28 / II / 2013


Age: 36 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Fireman Current job: Fireman

“I have good projects for 2013 on a personal level, but society lets me down, what do politicians have to do so that we kick them out? The current system does not work for the “average joes”, it only works for “some”, when will we stop this? These are the answers I’d like to see in 2013.”

PORTRAIT Nº 47 11/ III / 2013


Age: 89 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Expert accountant Current job: Housewife

“I hope to finish the year the way I started it and to continue cooking lunch for my children on Sundays.”

PORTRAIT Nº 80 25 / IV / 2013


Age: 25 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Audiovisual Communication and Stage Design Current job: Entrepeneur

“To keep on doing what I want and what I like, but above all, to not lose the hope that everything is going to be alright.”

PORTRAIT Nº 91 10 / V / 2013


Age: 48 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Luthier Current job: Construction and repair of instruments.

“I think the recent history we’ve live goes to prove me that the only thing worth caring for is our environment (the personal on above all) and I hope to be able to keep on doing so and becoming part of someone else’s environment.”

PORTRAIT Nº 118 18 / VI / 2013


Age: 25 Country of Origin: Camerún Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Salesgirl Current job: Cashier

“Better life conditions and more respect for moving forward.”

PORTRAIT Nº 140 18 / VII / 2013


Age: 59 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Law Degree Current job: President of “The Heroes Club”

“In my opinion this year can be defined as “very complicated”. We are living the transition between the industrial age and a new age, the one of the information society. As with every change, it needs the transformation of all structures: political, social, economical, etc., etc. I am optimistic for the future, if we are capable to have the exaggerated state interventionism leave way for the individual initiative.”

PORTRAIT Nº 160 15 / VIII / 2013


Age: 37 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Carrier Current job: Unemployed

“This is a really sad year. The work is nonexistent. Every day many businesses close and people get laid out, people with families to support and that do not know how they will manage. In my particular case after 2 years and 6 months unemployed the time has come when you lose the faith in finding a job and you pay it with your loved ones.”

PORTRAIT Nº 186 20 / IX / 2013


Age: 10 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: En unos días, Australia Profession: 5º of Primary Current job: 5º of Primary

“I want Spain to get out of the crisis and to take better care of its nature. I want a good life for all my former classmates and (for me) the chance of becoming a marine biologist in Australia. I hope things turn out ok for us in Melbourne.”

PORTRAIT Nº 201 20 / IX / 2013


Age: 32 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Computer Programmer Current job: R&D Consultant

“I think that part of the current problem comes from an exaggerate interest in money, consumerism and profit. I wish for a more conscious society, that values other aspects more related with the individual and its personal development.”

PORTRAIT Nº 217 4 / IX / 2013


Age: 61 Country of Origin: Spain Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Stockbreeder’s wife Current job: Stockbreeder’s wife

“This year the mothers to be have reached a small price and on top of that they bring in lambs from abroad, so the price of our lambs goes down and reaches rock bottom. I would like the women in the countryside didn’t have such a hard time.”

(This form has been filled in by 2013 following Carmen’s wishes. Her words have been transcribed and have been validated by her with her signature)

PORTRAIT Nº 240 5 / XII / 2013


Age: 25 Country of Origin: Uruguay Country of Residence: Spain Profession: Nun Current job: Pilgrims of the Eucharist

“Every year, every day, every instant is a gift of God although many times we don’t see it as such. Every day of this year God has been knocking at the doors of your life and my life without the intention of judging us nor the intention of forcing us to love Him, but rather to give us the biggest gift the human being can receive. His eternal love, love that is the reason of our existence, love that will dry your tears and will grant you a new dawn. When this love reaches inside your heart, you then realize living is a gift. This year I thank Our Lord and Our Mother, the Virgin Mary, for all the love they have spilled over my life and over your lives.”


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